podcast: Minisode 2.5 | feedback, favorites, & first impressions

bluestocking-circleEpisode 2.5 is up!

Gricel has a confession about Firefly, Ashley forgets to provide spoiler alerts, and Bee’s long-cherished wish comes true as we introduce our next selection. In honor of Halloween, the lady nerds discuss their favorite scary, creepy, and downright disturbing reads, plus respond to feedback and play First Impressions.

Listen on:

Next Work: The 10th Kingdom

Recommended TV Series and Movies:

Scary Favorites:

“Love Your Library” links will take you to WorldCat, where you will see a list of libraries near you that have the book. “Support the Circle” links will take you to Amazon, where your purchase will help support the podcast.

Enjoy! Episode 3, The 10th Kingdom, will be released on November 1.

Find us everywhere @bluesoxcircle and join the conversation.


life: Hurricane prep

I’m following that good ol’ Florida philosophy: hope for the best, prepare for the worst.

As of this moment, I’m still not sure where I will be staying. I have two options and neither sets my mind at ease (mostly because there’s always the thought of what if). I’m preparing my kit, and will bring the plants inside by the end of the week, but I’m bracing for the worst.

Wishes, prayers, vibes, all positive forces welcome.

video: mini haul #4

I’m thinking of calling these “haulettes”. What d’you think? I don’t film many of these, because minimalism, but I like to think of these as extended reviews for the savvy shopper.

All items are from Look Human and purchased with my own monies.

Ziggy Potter / Coffee Pun Stickers / Always Hungry Pouch

life: August goals


July was a highly emotional month. I went through a major life crisis and dealt with a lot of stuff that I don’t really want to talk about in a public forum (I know, vague). That is all to say that it was not as great as it could’ve been, but I tried to keep my head up all the same. It was not the most productive for writing (I only wrote on 5 days, totaling just under 5000 words for the month). I had a bit of a writer’s crisis and did some serious thinking re: current projects and long-term goals. My health could be better, but I’m still trying to figure out how to supplement for PCOS and hypothyroidism (I have a checkup in September, so I’ll get a better sense of my thyroid levels after the last year). I’ll probably film a video on my current supplements, but I want to wait a few months to measure results (hurray for the scientific method!).

So why am I going on about July when I’m supposed to be going over August goals? Because August is going to be a slow, thoughtful month for me, as far as goals are concerned. I’m keeping it simple and focusing on finishing the things I started: WIP #4, Harry Potter #4 (coincidence?), Whole30 (a proper one, not Paleo-ish modifications), and a second round of the HBSG fitness plan.

Just keep swimming.

site update re: Photobucket

So I just noticed the Photobucket mess. I use them for offsite image hosting (because WP is limited in its media space), but I refuse to pay the exorbitant fee they’re demanding to continue using their service on 3rd party sites. If I wanted to pay $399 a year, I would still be hosting my own site. I’ll try to salvage and re-link the images in recent posts over the coming days, while I find an alternative solution.

5 things I have been loving lately

5 things I have been loving lately


Kosas cosmetics lipstick in Rosewater

NOW Hyaluronic Acid serum

Katie Dunlop’s Hot Body Sweat Guide workouts

teapigs. Popcorn tea after lunch

The hilarious and poignant “Into the Twilightpodcast on Soundcloud, which is bringing back all the angst, feels, and trashy wonder of Twilight.

life: this world we live in

I had a video for today, but too much has happened and I just can’t bear to make light of it. My heart is breaking in so many ways. I’m scared for my future, my friends, my family, my country, and I just can’t find a way to wrap my mind around it all. There is just so much that I can’t fathom. I don’t know how we’ll get out of it and I can’t see a bright future at the end.

My truth is this:

I grew up in public housing, in a single parent home. I was poor. Public television inspired me. I ate free school lunches. I completed an undergraduate degree because of grants, and a graduate degree because of an assistantship. I completed a second grad degree because of a subsidized federal loan. I worked my ass off for a future that is at risk because someone else’s elected official(s) does not value the work I do nor the people I come from.

And then there is the threat to our peace and our environment. I just don’t have the words.